What to look for when buying a juicer?

Aug 30, 2016 by

Naturalwise Juicer


Are you looking to buy a juicer but overwhelmed by the choices available and not sure where to start? Use these helpful tips to navigate through the maze of juicers and choose the right one for you.

To help you understand what you want out of your juicer, consider the following points.


Budget is important but try not to buy the cheapest juicer you can find. The juicers efficiency should be weighed up against its cost. The juicer itself is a once off purchase but the fruit and veg that you juice is an ongoing cost. An efficient juicer will extract more juice from your fruit and veg, making it a cost effective choice over time.

Nutritional Value

The greatest benefit of juicing is in the nutritional value of the juice that it produces. Juicing is not just about extracting the juice from the fruit and veg, it’s about extracting the nutrients along with the juice. A good juicer will effectively extract the nutrients along with the juice. Masticating juicers are much more effective at extracting nutrients than centrifugal juicers. Many juice bars use centrifugal juicers because they are faster although many more are switching to masticating juicers. For home use I would always recommend a masticating juicer, unless nutritional value has little value to you.

Food preferences

What fresh foods are you planning on juicing? Most juicers have strengths and weaknesses when juicing different produce.

• Masticating juicers can juice green leaves (eg spinach, kale, wheatgrass) very efficiently whereas most centrifugal juicers do not juice green leaves well and in fact many centrifugal juicers cannot juice green leaves at all. Green leaves have tremendous health benefits and are great to add to your juicing repertoire.

• Vertical masticating juicers generally handle soft fruits better than horizontal masticating juicers. It is however not advisable to juice too much fruit because of the high sugar content. When fruit is eaten whole, the fruit sugars are buffered and slowly released because of the presence of fibre. Because a juicer discards the fibre, when you juice the fruit, the sugars are absorbed quickly and can cause sugar spikes which can cause health problems over time. It is better to eat the whole fruit (or blend the whole fruit into a smoothie), and to juice vegetables.

You can add a little fruit to vegetable medleys to add sweetness and taste, but be aware of not adding too much fruit due to the high sugar content.

• Horizontal masticating juicers are generally slightly better with greens than vertical masticating juicers but can struggle with very soft fruit.

• Vertical masticating juicers need the green leaves (and celery) to be cut into smaller pieces otherwise they wrap around the auger/juicing screw. Horizontal masticating juicers work very well with whole leaves. When you feed them stalk side first, the juicer tends to grab the leaf and self-feed it without any need to push.

Ease of use

Is ease of use important to you? Most people will use their juicer more often if it is easier to clean, assemble and disassemble.

• Masticating juicers are easier to clean than centrifugal juicers.

• Twin gear and twin auger masticating juicers are a little more difficult to juice with than single gear or single auger juicers, but the payoff for the extra effort lies in a higher nutritional yield.

• Although vertical masticating juicers are often marketed as not requiring any cleaning, they are in fact a little more time consuming to clean than horizontal masticating juicers. They can be quicker and easier to juice with though as they lend themselves to self-feeding. Bear in mind that vertical masticating juicers require greens to be cut up and hard veg can also sometimes get stuck and require reversal and refeeding so food prep can be a little more.

Brand reliability

Juicers need to work hard and it is worth buying a reputable brand that will not burn out after a short amount of time. The more expensive juicers are of a higher quality and are more durable.

It pays to  buy from a well established company where you can be assured of follow up service in years to come. www.naturalwise.co.za is a well established company that has been in business for over 15 years and is renowned for their high levels of service and reliability.

Buying from a specialist company that understands juicing will help you to make the best choice. www.naturalwise.co.za carefully selects their range of juicers, which takes some of the guesswork and risk out of buying a juicer.

Click here to view their awesome juicers available. Friendly and knowledgeable sales staff are available via phone or email to help you to select your juicer or to help you to place your order .

You can order online and pay by electronic transfer, direct deposit or credit card through a secure payment gateway. Free delivery anywhere in South Africa is an added service offered. Courier services deliver to your door at your home or office within 1 -5 days, depending on which area you live in.

Recommended Juicers

The Oscar Juicer is a good choice for an entry level cold press horizontal masticating juicer.  The Greenstar juicer is a step up from the Oscar juicer and will give higher nutrient levels than the Oscar juicer due to its twin gear methodology. The Angel juicer is the top of the range in cold press horizontal masticating juicers with excellent nutritional extraction and a sturdy stainless steel construction.

Oscar DA1000

Oscar DA1000 Horizontal juicer



Angel5500 Horizontal juicer



Greenstar 5000 Horizontal juicer

The Omega VSJ843R juicer is a great choice for an entry level cold press vertical masticating juicer. The Kuvings juicer is also a good choice.


Omega VSJ843R Vertical juicer


Kuvings B7000S Vertical Juicer

Ultimately buying a juicer is an investment in your health and investing in your health is a wise and worthwhile choice. Medical costs are continuously climbing and upping our intake of vegetables through delicious juices can really help us to meet our daily intake of vitamins and minerals. Because juice is a natural food form, absorption and uptake by the body is excellent and the benefits are quickly noticeable.You are also most welcome to phone 086 110 6329 or email sales@naturalwise.co.za to ask questions and to order. www.naturalwise.co.za is a company run by people, selling products we believe in and are here to help. Try us and see for yourself!


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